Movistar Riders to attend IEM Katowice as Complexity are ruled out

Positive COVID results have blocked the North American team from traveling to Poland for the $1,000,000 event.

Complexity will not be competing in the play-in stage of the first big LAN event of the year as multiple positive COVID test results see them unable to travel to the tournament. Taking their spot in Katowice will be Movistar Riders, who are next in line according to the ESL Pro Tour ranking.

So far, two players have been ruled out of the tournament due to positive COVID tests, Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool for FaZe and Aurimas "⁠Bymas⁠" Pipiras for MOUZ, but the two teams will nonetheless compete with standins. Earlier in February, TYLOO pulled out of the event due to COVID-19 regulations, with Sprout landing a spot based on their Pro Tour points.

The Spaniards will fill the spot left vacant by Complexity

Movistar Riders are currently ranked 23rd in the world and have just finished 5-6th at ESL Challenger February following a surprise loss to South Americans of 9z. Alejandro "⁠mopoz⁠" Fernández-Quejo Cano and co. have been making waves since returning to a fully-Spanish lineup, however, peaking at 14th place in the world in October of 2021 and participating in the Challengers Stage of the PGL Stockholm Major.

BIG will be the first team Movistar Riders will face in Poland, kicking off with a BO1 brawl on Tuesday at 13:30 , while their second opponent will be Astralis or MIBR.

On the other hand, missing out on Katowice will come as another big hit for Complexity who started their European campaign by playing Funspark ULTI 2021 Finals while Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou was still in America. A last-place finish at BLAST Premier Spring Groups followed before the team ended their six-match losing streak with a win over ORDER and eventually a top-four finish at ESL Challenger February.

The team list for IEM Katowice is as follows:

Main Event

Play-In

Lithuania Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
300
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.63
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Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1065
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1048
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1003
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Latvia FieryBlood
RIP
2022-02-13 21:56
20 replies
#11
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Finland notits
its just genuinely sad for coL
2022-02-13 21:58
17 replies
FUCK MAN
2022-02-13 21:59
16 replies
the event should be online to avoid this type of things happening! #KatowiceOnline
2022-02-13 22:01
15 replies
this org is cursed in CS i swear man old roster and this one too already
2022-02-13 22:02
7 replies
CoL as an org are overrated frankly. They just throw money around and hope it works. They had cold blame jks and esetag on the same roster
2022-02-13 22:26
6 replies
overrated? underrated if anything they continue to invest money into CS and dont just quit we need big orgs with financial backings to stay in CS you don't understand the industry clearly
2022-02-13 22:28
5 replies
yeah throwing in money is good but it needs to be thoughtful. I can spend a billion dollars to buy simple Zywoo Niko coldzera device but that team still would be shit. They need to buy players that fit the team, not just expensive players. That’s why mouz is such a respected org despite not having much money
2022-02-13 22:33
4 replies
+1
2022-02-13 22:50
1 reply
/0/
2022-02-14 03:21
#88
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Slovakia xaboff
Yeah it would be shit cuz it has 2 garbage players, your point? But your mouz point is based
2022-02-13 23:06
#162
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United States loveai
Coldzera kekw
2022-02-15 12:06
Shut the **** up NO to online in 2022
2022-02-13 22:02
With how COVID is right now this is kind of expected tbh, just sucks for the players/teams who get screwed by it. But screw online tournaments. LAN is 500 times better.
2022-02-13 22:05
1 reply
+1 for the first part but idk, LAN isn't that much better
2022-02-14 22:50
ok
2022-02-13 22:27
0/8
2022-02-14 00:56
??? you make no sense. Everybody has been waiting for two years for LANs, but here you are.
2022-02-14 08:40
Are you crazy? Katowice is the best event of the year, it must be on LAN youtube.com/watch?v=lxq9fCxyc6I
2022-02-14 17:49
heet > movistar
2022-02-13 23:16
1 reply
+1
2022-02-14 22:59
Damn
2022-02-13 21:57
2 replies
#29
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Portugal samotzz
First ropz, them Bymas, now Col Thats why idc about CS as an esport since Covid appear
2022-02-13 22:02
1 reply
Thats actually so annoying
2022-02-13 22:19
Ez for mopoz
2022-02-13 21:57
1 reply
Lol.... Democrat liberal leftists covid laws ruining teams. RIP.
2022-02-14 08:05
#4
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Germany _car
Let's go Riders!
2022-02-13 21:57
5 replies
Tier 3 team
2022-02-13 22:18
4 replies
Better than any canadian team ever
2022-02-13 22:30
3 replies
NAF alone is more relevant than the whole team Movistar Riders
2022-02-14 08:16
2 replies
+1 and twistzz too
2022-02-14 16:08
didnt say they are worse or better players, but any canadian team or core has been better than they as team
2022-02-14 16:13
#5
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United States Jeebur
sad complexity fan noises
2022-02-13 21:57
3 replies
*bacon cheese noises intensifies*
2022-02-13 22:16
2 replies
#159
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Canada firtlast
the sound of a tub of margarine hitting the deep fryer oil
2022-02-14 23:21
1 reply
*chills*
2022-02-15 10:36
What a joke
2022-02-13 21:57
coL hang in there boys
2022-02-13 21:58
not like they were gonna do anything there anyways, maybe MR will actually win a map
2022-02-13 21:58
3 replies
#45
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Europe Putin69
True words of wisdom. I don't think this coL team will exist very long.
2022-02-13 22:12
2 replies
Probably not with Junior
2022-02-14 01:45
I respect the desire to try and do well with a NA roster, god knows the region is in desperate need of strong and financially stable orgs to support and develop up and coming players. That said, this iteration is off to a hella-rocky start. Hope they turn things around.
2022-02-14 18:31
#10
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France marponche
WHY NOT 9Z
2022-02-13 21:58
6 replies
#17
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Turkey edsvi
Who
2022-02-13 22:01
Because Riders is way better ranked, 9z lost almost the half of ESL points
2022-02-13 22:02
4 replies
Ecstatic better ranking than MR
2022-02-13 22:12
3 replies
Not in esl, only in hltv
2022-02-13 22:44
2 replies
1 reply
Because it's about ESL pro tour rankings
2022-02-13 23:10
#12
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Poland Kobel_
If anyone is wondering: Next two teams to fill-in in case anyone is also ruled out are Sinners and AGO
2022-02-13 21:58
6 replies
Ago would be nice to see there. Even with only two matches in play-in.
2022-02-13 22:02
5 replies
#111
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Poland Kobel_
Don't even tell me, I've been a fan since they entered CS, it kind of hurts seeing if we were literally 2 spots higher in the Road to Kato ranking we'd finally get to play in Kato for the first time in history :c
2022-02-14 00:59
4 replies
at least you have wisla krakow
2022-02-14 06:29
3 replies
#133
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Poland Kobel_
Yeah, good that our scene at least has a representation, but it hits different when it's >your< team
2022-02-14 10:25
2 replies
#136
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Poland Berbe123
no future with grashog tho
2022-02-14 11:54
1 reply
#137
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Poland Kobel_
Also probably true which is sad, I had high hopes for him at fisrt
2022-02-14 12:25
Hope everyone is doing fine in coL, but let's goooo!
2022-02-13 21:59
#15
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Spain TJSpain
Lets go
2022-02-13 22:00
Should i be worried about my BiG players in fantasy?
2022-02-13 22:00
8 replies
#21
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Portugal Davdio
no
2022-02-13 22:02
#26
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Spain Nepomu
Nah lol
2022-02-13 22:02
5 replies
But Big never beat Movistar, no? At least from matches that i remember
2022-02-13 22:03
4 replies
#40
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Spain Nepomu
They did in kato playin last season hahaha
2022-02-13 22:06
Something like that
2022-02-13 22:06
2 replies
Hahahahah
2022-02-13 22:18
I was praying you'd reply lmao
2022-02-14 11:47
What happens if your player in fantasy can't attend? Refund ir fucked?
2022-02-14 13:54
SUNPAYUS WILL CARRY
2022-02-13 22:01
should invite 9z
2022-02-13 22:01
#23
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Spain Nepomu
Spaaaain
2022-02-13 22:02
Vamos Riders!!
2022-02-13 22:02
RIP, now the only savior of the NA cs left
2022-02-13 22:03
This covid panic again xDDDD Polish government delusional as well as host & others GL to Movistar btw
2022-02-13 22:03
6 replies
#99
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Germany Greifvogel
Have you read the post? This is not just travel restrictions as it was with Tyloo, they actually have COVID, so obviously they can't travel rn. That has nothing to do with the polish government
2022-02-13 23:47
5 replies
reading vs hltv user, could be a hard match
2022-02-13 23:54
Oh no! They have a cold! They might feel themselves awful having 36.8° temperature and runny nose! Oh no!
2022-02-14 00:45
3 replies
nt chrisJ
2022-02-14 02:35
+1
2022-02-14 08:59
nt chrisj
2022-02-14 17:13
Damn thats unlucky
2022-02-13 22:03
Only 1 NA team now, fuck
2022-02-13 22:03
1 reply
Liquid always only NA hope in all the international tournaments :(
2022-02-14 16:10
Sorry but letsgo!
2022-02-13 22:05
Seems like white flag KEKW, anyway no chance for them, movistar same, or mb fluke?
2022-02-13 22:05
9z>movi
2022-02-13 22:06
wow that sucks, unlucky
2022-02-13 22:06
#42
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Chile esanchez47
Fucking fuck
2022-02-13 22:08
sad for col, nice for riders!
2022-02-13 22:09
Unlucky for CoL, Lets Go Rideeers
2022-02-13 22:11
F covid
2022-02-13 22:14
NA just can't catch a break
2022-02-13 22:16
Top 10 soon
2022-02-13 22:17
not deserved they couldn't even win one map vs 9z
2022-02-13 22:18
3 replies
Yep they get in to the Major and Pro League, but dont deserve cose they lose VS 9z KEKW
2022-02-13 22:25
2 replies
their form is gone for a while its not same team as on major
2022-02-13 22:29
1 reply
They played the clock too much and risked too many duels, but i still have faith in them :D
2022-02-13 22:55
#52
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Hungary szia
well, things just got a lot harder for BIG
2022-02-13 22:18
3 replies
Man are u joking ? Movistar riders are 3tier team So ez for BIG
2022-02-13 22:45
2 replies
#78
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Netherlands puddingkip
col are tier 8
2022-02-13 22:52
1 reply
Can be tier 9999999999 but still better than Trash Riders
2022-02-13 22:56
FUCK
2022-02-13 22:23
COVID IN 2022 LUL
2022-02-13 22:30
stay safe Col <3 btw happy valentines days SPANIARDS :D
2022-02-13 22:30
^rest in piss big clan
2022-02-13 22:36
bruh in no possible universe complexity start with the new roster could be any worse
2022-02-13 22:38
omfg
2022-02-13 22:39
Tier 6 Botstar Riders lmao, better invite 5 randoms from the street near spodek
2022-02-13 22:44
7 replies
+2
2022-02-13 22:44
3 replies
They are 12 rankings away from BIG. So what is BIG? Tier 4?
2022-02-13 22:54
2 replies
And ? The ranking is not right if team like astralis is on 7th place.. Movistar riders are rly rly bad
2022-02-13 22:56
1 reply
"The ranking is not right if team like astralis is on 7th place." IT is since Astralis is really struggling? They will most likely drop 1-2 spots in a few days when they update the rankings. MR is not bad but not good, they are decent.
2022-02-13 23:02
they are #23 in the world lol.
2022-02-13 22:53
1 reply
Great #23 team Played 3 matches this year won 1 bo1 vs Dignitas Lost 16-3 to VP and 2-0 to 9z
2022-02-14 23:30
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-02-14 19:56
Omg why this trash team ... fkn boring to watch anyway ez for BIG
2022-02-13 22:44
2 replies
Riders isnt boring dude
2022-02-14 16:37
1 reply
Yes they are
2022-02-14 18:45
#73
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Greece s1mp_le
SpOMEGALULain can only qualifier for this type of events by covid of other teams KEKW
2022-02-13 22:45
#77
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Netherlands puddingkip
better team can get a chance now
2022-02-13 22:52
Ouff. But, Movistar is honestly a decent replacement.
2022-02-13 22:52
#85
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Albania aplasa
man.... :(
2022-02-13 23:01
#86
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Hungary TheBudi34
coL disbanded already hahaaha
2022-02-13 23:01
Damn, poor guys :/
2022-02-13 23:08
#91
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Mexico MaxRave
Nah bro. Poor Grim seems to be cursed.
2022-02-13 23:11
#92
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Spain Otanno
Sorry for coL, but #VamosRiders. BIG so lucky...
2022-02-13 23:14
vamoooooooooos
2022-02-13 23:22
I mean they are not gonna make it to the playoffs I don't think so may as well stay home. The team is horrendous.
2022-02-13 23:28
#96
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Indonesia lukerey
How the f they got covid when they all in a bootcamp? Were they party outside after matches? What did they celebrate? Losing matches? Wtf Jason Lake can't take a break from his Esports choices. Seems like always making a mistake on choosing roster.
2022-02-13 23:33
#97
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Europe Zwenix
Can we finally stop with this hoax? ffs, most likely, neither of them will even have a fever
2022-02-13 23:37
#98
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CIS CIS_ERA
multiple positives... american team... not surprised
2022-02-13 23:38
Vamos Riders! Wishing the coL guys a speedy recovery, really sucks for them to miss out.
2022-02-13 23:47
Anyway coL sucks and wont pass to main event
2022-02-13 23:56
Very unlucky for Complexity , feels bad man Hope MR get in better shape than they are now Lets go Riders, dont throw this opportunity!!!
2022-02-13 23:57
FUCK
2022-02-13 23:59
#105
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Denmark nicram64
Good bots are out
2022-02-14 00:08
Sorry for Col, but LET'S GO!!!
2022-02-14 00:12
#107
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Finland AliSabid
rip that sucks :(
2022-02-14 00:33
complexity too busy eating hamburgers and decided to practice their "rights", so they didnt follow covid restrictions. Unluko
2022-02-14 00:44
1 reply
#120
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United States tkchizz
covid restrictions in 2022 are stupid af
2022-02-14 05:09
Is EG not playing in Katowice?
2022-02-14 01:32
1 reply
Nope they don't have the EPT points needed to qualify
2022-02-14 16:12
fucking shit
2022-02-14 01:35
#116
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South America ncrs2k
ok this is a total disgrace
2022-02-14 02:38
looks like they just want to shove in more EU teams lmao what a joke event
2022-02-14 03:11
1 reply
#119
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Croatia KeZual96
Hahahahaha did you even read the article, how are they shoving more EU teams in if the spots are filled in by esl pro tour rankings
2022-02-14 04:56
When NA CS is getting better but is still more NA than CS lol
2022-02-14 05:49
As if the state of NA CS wasn't bad enough
2022-02-14 06:53
9z way better lol
2022-02-14 06:56
CoL would've smashed VP if it weren't for Covid. Get well soon CoL!
2022-02-14 08:54
#129
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Europe nikyyy
This team is cursed
2022-02-14 08:55
#131
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Portugal dracø
they finally win games and then this happens lmao cursed af
2022-02-14 09:06
joke
2022-02-14 09:59
GL Riders!
2022-02-14 10:29
So sad for CoL... :(
2022-02-14 12:34
sad for CoL get well guys!!!
2022-02-14 14:34
Thats sad :/
2022-02-14 15:34
Cursed coL
2022-02-14 16:35
#148
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United States Teztyment
coL has been relevant since Day of Defeat 1.3 days.. Sad to see they picked up a bad NA team.
2022-02-14 16:39
#151
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Germany aL1337
Vamos Riders!
2022-02-14 18:01
SIUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
2022-02-14 20:58
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